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Why Solskjaer should be given time at Manchester United?


While a lot of people have been calling for Solskjaer to be sacked, it would not make a huge difference to the club’s fortunes

While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be one of the problems Manchester United have at the club, the Norwegian tactician isn’t the big issue that should be taken ahead of the queue.

As things stand, the English Premier League is experience something of a managerial massacre. After Mauricio Pochettino was sacked from his position as the Tottenham boss, then it was Unai Emery at Arsenal before Watford took action as well by letting go of Quique Sanchez Flores.

Positions of the likes of Ralph Hassenhuttel and Marco Silva are also under scrutiny. Naturally now that Pochettino is in free agency, a lot of people have been asking United to take action and let go of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who hasn’t been able to turn around the club’s fortunes so far.

However, if you look at things from other standpoints, it becomes clear that not all the troubles the Red Devils are facing stem from the presence of the man in charge. While Solskjaer may not be the most glamorous of managers the club has brought on in recent times, the Norwegian is not alone to be blamed for the club’s fall from grace.

At the end of the day, every manager United have hired since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, has been brought with a promise of a long-term plan. Sadly though, in a business that is critically dictated by results, the likes of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal were never afforded enough time to really implement their ideas onto the pitch.

Mourinho was given time but not the sort of transfer backing he wanted before Solskjaer was given the job on a temporary basis.

The club was on the verge of collapse way before that fateful hammering at the hands of Liverpool that resulted in the Portuguese tactician’s firing.

At the end of the day, it begs the question if Solskjaer is actually being backed well and truly by Ed Woodward. The Norwegian isn’t cutting a forlorn figure, he hasn’t lost the dressing room and isn’t getting hammered by his own fans.

Such things happening are usually signs of a manager being slowly taken towards the exit doors.

The club was always going to fall on lean times. The way things were run after Fergie left was always going to create issues that we are seeing right now.

United crave for stability which starts from giving the manager – whether it’s Solskjaer or someone else, the right environment to thrive in. As long as such elements are not being provided, you can have a dugout filled with the greatest managers of all time and even that won’t do the trick.